After premiering last October at GKIDS’s Animation Is Film Festival in L.A., where it won a special jury prize, Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles embarked on a distinguished festival run. It picked up an award for its score at Annecy, and was nominated for best feature at both the Quirinos and the Emiles.
The European Film Awards win caps a strong week for Buñuel, during which was also nominated for an Annie Award for best indie feature. The film is one of 32 qualification-submitted animated features for this year’s Academy Awards, and owns an extremely rare 100% positive critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, even after dozens of reviews.
The other animated features nominated for the European Film Award were:
The EFA winner is voted on by the European Film Academy, which has over 3,600 members. Recent winners in the category include Another Day of Life (2018), Loving Vincent (2017), My Life as a Courgette (2016), Song of the Sea (2015), and The Art of Happiness (2014).
The pre-selection committee was made up of Antonio Saura, EFA board deputy chairman; Graziella Bildesheim, EFA board member; Paul Young, producer at Cartoon Saloon; Stéphane Dreyfus, film critic (and Cartoon Brew contributor); producer Kristine M. I. Knudsen; and director Janno Põldma.
Alex Dudok de Wit contributed to this report.